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In the early-20th century, after Korea enjoyed a short period of independence, the country endured the Russo-Japanese War over control of the area. Finally, in 1910, Korea was annexed by Japan. However, by the end of World War II – when a defeated Japan ceded power over Korea to the Allies – tensions had risen between the Soviet and Chinese Communist-backed Northern section and the United States-supported Southern half. When a resolution was not found by 1948, the country was officially split along the 38th parallel, creating the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – or DPRK – in the north and the Republic of Korea in the south. Residual friction and the existing Cold War resulted in the beginning of the Korean War on June 25th, 1950. Since the war’s cease fire in 1953, South Korea has evolved into a more liberal and democratic nation, while North Korea is generally considered to be ruled via dictatorship, with control passed down from generation to generation.
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